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Postcolonial Whiteness
A Critical Reader on Race and Empire
Postcolonial Whiteness
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Alfred J. Lopez - Editor
Price: $81.50 
Hardcover - 271 pages
Release Date: February 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6361-3
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6361-1

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Paperback - 271 pages
Release Date: February 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6362-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6362-8

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Explores the undertheorized convergence of postcoloniality and whiteness.

Postcolonial Whiteness
examines the interrelations between whiteness and the history of European colonialism, as well as the status of whiteness in the contemporary postcolonial world. It addresses two fundamental questions: What happens to whiteness after empire, and to what extent do white cultural norms or imperatives remain embedded in the postcolonial or postindependence state as a part—acknowledged or not—of the colonial legacy? Presenting a wide range of critical and theoretical responses, the contributors explore these questions by focusing on such diverse topics as the legacy of Princess Diana; queer self-expression; the changing situation of Gypsy, or Romani, minorities in Eastern Europe; literature, including Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Caryl Phillips's Cambridge, and Gothic impact on the literature of Australia; reconstruction of white South African social identity; cross-cultural discussions of mental illness; Freud's case history of the Wolfman; and Australia's national anthems.

“…a richly textured collection of articles that dares to examine whiteness and its colonial/postcolonial condition … Far from being a collection that assumes white supremacy, [it] dismantles the white identity that frames most postcolonial studies, and instead, expands postcolonial studies’ diversity and richness.” — In-Between: Essays & Studies in Literary Criticism

"This is a superb and important volume that offers a vital discussion of one of the most pressing issues of the twenty-first century—the representation of whiteness and Otherness in popular culture and social discourse. One of the most impressive collections of essays on this topic that I have seen, it will be an invaluable text for courses in postcolonial studies and will also appeal to the general reader." — Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, author of Performing Whiteness: Postmodern Re/Constructions in the Cinema

"An engaging collection: convincing, provocative, stimulating." — Patrick Colm Hogan, author of Empire and Poetic Voice: Cognitive and Cultural Studies of Literary Tradition and Colonialism

Contributors include John C. Hawley, Cheryl Temple Herr, Anikó Imre, Christopher Kelen, Alfred J. López, Diane Roberts, Frances B. Singh, Melissa Steyn, Ryan S. Trimm, and Gerry Turcotte.

Alfred J. López is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Mississippi and the author of Posts and Pasts: A Theory of Postcolonialism, also published by SUNY Press.


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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

1. Introduction: Whiteness after Empire
Alfred J. Lopez

2. The Body of the Princess
Diane Roberts

3. Lavender Ain't White: Emerging Queer Self-Expression in its Broader Context
John C. Hawley

4. Whiteness in Post-Socialist Eastern Europe: The Time of the Gypsies, The End of Race
Aniko Imre

5. Vampiric Decolonization: Fanon, "Terrorism," and Mudrooroo's Vampire Trilogy
Gerry Turcotte

6. "White Talk": White South Africans and the Management of Diasporic Whiteness
Melissa Steyn

7. The Color of Schizophrenia
Cheryl Temple Herr

8. The Gaze of the White Wolf: Psychoanalysis, Whiteness, and Colonial Trauma
Alfred J. Lopez

9. "Motley's the Only Wear": Hybridity, Homelands, and Conrad's Harlequin
Frances B. Singh

10. Hymns for and from White Australia
Christopher Kelen

11. The Times of Whiteness; or, Race between the Postmodern and the Postcolonial
Ryan S. Trimm

List of Contributors

Index



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